MOST Graduate Programs

Postdoctoral and Predoctoral Programs

dentists working on computer

Overview and How to Apply

The MOST Program accepts applicants for the following postdoctoral fellowship and predoctoral (PhD, PhD/DMD) programs.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

magnifying glass

The primary qualifications for this program include a commitment to an oral science research career, previous academic achievement and research potential. The MOST Program is accepting applications for fellowships for both:

  • non-degree seeking trainees – individuals whose terminal degrees are DDS, MD or PhDs
  • degree-seeking postdoctoral trainees – individuals with either DDS or MDs, enrolled in a PhD program.

UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment.

Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission. Former or current principal investigators on any NIH research project grant or project leaders on sub-projects of program project (P01) or center grants (P50) are NOT eligible for the MOST program.

How to Apply

Prepare a letter of intent that includes the following items and email to Dr. Bedran-Russo, MOST Program Director.

  1. Name and previous degrees
  2. Name of main advisor
  3. Brief description of current research description. Must include: a) hypothesis, b) description of relevance for oral health research, c) description of research relevance for clinical practice
  4. Co-signature of main advisor
  5. Curriculum vitae (can be attached separately).

Predoctoral PhD/DMD

full vials

We are currently accepting applications for a pre-doctoral graduate fellowship in the T32 Multi-Disciplinary Oral Sciences Training Program (MOST). The core research areas are in biomedical sciences to advance craniofacial-oral-dental research including craniofacial biology, tissue regeneration, tissue engineering, biomaterials, oral cancer, microbiology, immunology, and translational research.

The primary qualifications for this program include a commitment to an oral science research career, previous academic achievement and research potential. UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment. Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission.

Although the straight DMD program requires that all applicants must be Illinois residents, the PhD/DMD program continues to accept out-of-state residents. However, applicants (both in-state and out-of-state) must contact Angelica Alvarez prior to applying in order to be considered for the dual program.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in pursuing a dual DMD/PhD degree and trainee fellowship support through the MOST program must first be accepted to both the DMD program and a UIC PhD program. Interested candidates must submit separate applications for both the PhD and the DMD programs.
Interested candidates please contact

Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, DDS, MS, PhD
MOST ​Program Director
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry

Predoctoral PhD

woman holding glass slate with pink dots

The primary qualifications for this program include a commitment to an oral science research career, previous academic achievement and research potential.  Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Preference will be given to candidates who have passed the Preliminary Exam.

UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment.

Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission.

Application deadlines:

  • August 26, 2016 (Friday) – submit intent to apply by email (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • September 2, 2016 (Friday) – deadline for applications submission

How to Apply

Complete the following items and submit the files by email to Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo at, bedran@uic.edu

  1. Application
  2. Two-page description of research project and career goals. Must include: a) plans for journal article submission and, b) plans for individual grant submission
  3. Recommendation letter from primary mentor
  4. One-page self-assessment of research training needs (eg. curriculum, additional mentoring, etc.)
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  7. Proof of successful completion of the preliminary exam, if applicable.

Contacts and News

For more information contact
Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, DDS, MS, PhD
MOST ​Program Director
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry

 

We are currently accepting applications for the pre-doctoral graduate fellowship.  Dates for the 2016-2017 year are:

  • August 26, 2016 (Friday) – submit intent to apply by email
  • September 2, 2016 (Friday) – applications due

Resources

Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program

College of Dentistry Research Areas

Programs, Centers & Labs

Funding & Resources

Research Seminars & Journal Clubs

Clinic & Research Day

Researchers & Staff

 

Research at College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry has a proud history of working across disciplines and leading breakthroughs in biological and biomaterials sciences to advance scientific knowledge and improve the health of our patients beyond the clinic. Students at UIC College of Dentistry work along side world-class faculty and staff from multiple disciplines to solve the biggest problems in oral sciences and impact lives beyond the clinic.

Craniofacial Pathobiology

Leading interdisciplinary investigations in the development and function of the craniofacial complex including processes that occur within cells and tissues to maintain health and control growth and development; understanding how alterations (genetic/environmental) result in disease (cancer) and study of microbiome/host interactions.

Regenerative Science

Moving beyond tissue replacement, using materials to enable our bodies to regenerate damaged and failing tissues. We are leading investigations into how materials interact with living tissues, and the building of tissue replacements for the growth of cells/tissues to replace lost tissues. The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration (CWHTR) is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of injury, wound healing, and regeneration. The Laboratory of Applied Dental Biomaterials and Interfaces is a NIH funded center studying the properties of the tooth in order to develop reparative/regenerative biomaterials to replace lost tooth structure.

Clinical, Translational & Community

Leading transformative studies to improve oral health outcomes both in the clinic and the community. We have several centers and investigators focused on the study of the incidence and prevalence of disease; measuring outcomes of interventions; and safety and efficacy of drugs, devices, and treatments in individuals. We are also investigating how and why efforts to promote oral health through intervention are accepted by communities. The Oral Medicine and Pharmacognosy Research (OMPR) Laboratory focuses on medical anthropology and ethnopharmacology to study the non-destructive radiation in oral diagnostics and forensics. The Dental Medicine Responder Training (DMRT) is performing theory and policy research supporting dental professionals for emergency preparedness throughout the community.